Nino Lindo (Venezuelan Nativity carol) — brass quintet

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Simple-but-engaging melodies and Latin rhythms make “Niño Lindo” an ideal change-of-pace selection on a program of Christmas carols.

Like the German “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”), Polish “W Żłobie Leży” (“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”), and American “Away in a Manger,” “Niño Lindo” is a Venezuelan carol that evokes the image of the Virgin Mary rocking the Christ-child while singing a lullaby. Its lyrics state, in part:

“Niño lindo, ante ti me rindo, Niño lindo, eres tú mi Dios.” (“Beautiful boy, before you I surrender, Beautiful boy, you are my God.”)

A popular version of the carol, by American missionary and pastor George Lockwood, translates the opening lines as “Child so lovely, here I kneel before you, Child so lovely, you are Christ, my God.”

Copyright 2020 Todd Marchand / Con Spirito Music

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